Paranoid England

A weird mind-set has yielded even weirder politics.

FERDINAND MOUNT is a former editor of The Times Literary Supplement. His most recent book is “Prime Movers: From Pericles to Gandhi.” By FERDINAND MOUNT

HOW DID THEY get to be like this? The English think of themselves as a tolerant, imperturbable people, given to self-deprecation and understatement. To outsiders, they can appear chilly and stuck-up. Now, almost overnight, they (or we, to cast off my...

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